Homemade Catfish Stink Bait

Homemade Catfish Stink BaitCatfish are opportunistic eaters that use a sense of smell to locate food, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Because catfish often feed on dead and decaying fish, they might be drawn to the rotten smell of stink bait. Mixing up a batch of homemade stink bait is as easy as letting food rot--although you will want to the keep the bait in a tightly sealed container. The putrid odor of stink bait might be attractive to catfish, but most humans will find it offensive.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • 17 night crawlers
  • Zip-top freezer bag
  • 1/2 lb. liver
  • Knife
  • Blender
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 lb. bread dough
  • 1 tbsp. flour
Step 1
Place the night crawlers in a freezer bag. Seal the bag tightly and leave it in a warm place for about three days. The worms will die and begin to rot.
Step 2
Cut 1/2 lb. of liver into chunks. Liquefy the liver chunks in a blender.
Step 3
Open the bag containing the night crawlers. Add 8 oz. sour cream, 1 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder, 1/2 lb. thawed frozen bread dough, 1 tbsp. flour and the liquefied liver to the bag. Seal the bag tightly.
Step 4
Knead the mixture through the bag until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the bread dough. This method will allow you to mix the bait without having to touch the ingredients.
Step 5
Place the bag in a warm area for at least two days. The bait will rot during this time and become extremely stinky.

Tips & Warnings

Bait your hook by pulling a small chunk of stink bait out of the bag and forming it into a ball.

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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